Rolex Daytona 16520 'Zenith'Sold
Rolex Daytona 16520 'Zenith'
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Because a ‘Ceramic’ Daytona is sooo mainstream, we’re bringing you another magnificent ‘Zenith’ Daytona. And guess what; there isn’t even a waiting list. This piece dates back to the year 1991, is made out of stainless steel and runs on the highly sought-after, Zenith-based caliber 4030. On this early example we’ll find the stainless steel Oyster-bracelet with the brushed instead of polished centre links. This gives the watch a bold but very understated look compared to its younger brothers.The watch is carried out with a sapphire crystal. Underneath the crystal we’ll find the white ‘Inverted 6’ dial. On those dials is the ‘6’ in the middle sub-dial printed upside down which makes the watch more collectable than the rest. Further on, the watch is in overall good condition and ready to be picked-up by its new owner.
Rolex DaytonaRolex started making chronographs in the 1930s, but it was only in 1963 that a named product line was introduced: the Cosmograph. In some early advertisements, Rolex referred to the watch as the ‘Le Mans’ after the famous race track in France, although the name never appeared on the dial. After a few years, the line was officially renamed Cosmograph Daytona, after the racetrack in Florida.The most noticeable difference between these Cosmograph (Daytona) models and earlier Rolex chronographs, was the tachymeter scale (used for measuring distance and speed) that was moved from its traditional placement on the dial to the bezel. Furthermore, the dial was updated with the introduction of contrasting sub-dials.It’s hard to imagine now, but Daytonas received little love after their release. Most Daytonas languished in dealer displays for years and were only started to get noticed by Italian collectors and dealers in the late 1980s. Nowadays, Daytonas are among the most sought after Rolex models, fetching prices from $15,000 for modern ones to many millions for rare vintage references. A big contrast with the $210 list price when it was first released!
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